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Large square-shaped natural ecru abaca cloth made up of several pieces hand-stitched together with hand-stitched hems and an overall printed or painted design. The primary design elements, in red, black and yellow, include a large, central 8-pointed star medallion surrounded by smaller stars...

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An army officer, who had been stationed in the Lake Lanao area on Mindanao, acquired the piece from Mr. Noros, a local resident. W. E. Healey purchased the piece from the officer. Denman W. Ross purchased the piece from Healey for $10. Ross donated the piece to the MFA on March 10, 1903.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection

Filipino, American colonial period, about 1900

Object Place

Mindanao, Lake Lanao region, Republic of the Philippines


23.3 x 200 cm (9 3/16 x 78 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Leaf fiber (abaca), pigments; plain weave, painted or printed


Textiles and Fashion Arts